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Roderick William Finlayson

Headstone of Sgt Roderick William FINLAYSON. Andersons Bay General Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 152, Plot 83. Image kindly provided by Allan Steel, CC-BY-4.0.

Headstone of Sgt Roderick William FINLAYSON. Andersons Bay General Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, B …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roderick William AWMM
  • Surname
    Finlayson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ39923 AWMM
    • WWII 39923 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 March 1917 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 C/o Macraes Gold Mining Company, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ39923 AWMM
    • WWII 39923 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Miner/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in aircraft operations during a raid on Hamburg AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Roderick Finlayson was the son of George Sutherland Finlayson and of Ann Finlayson (nee Strang), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. Flew on 27 operations. Source: Martyn, For Your Tomorrow. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    • 12 May 1941 AWMM
      Age 24 AWMM
      GermanyEurope AWMM
    • 12 May 1941 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
      Age 24 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Kiel War Cemetery, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany AWMM 4. C. 3. AWMM
    • Andersons Bay General Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 152, Plot 83 AWMM
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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch: Volplane Press. Vol. 1 p. 122, Vol. 3 p. 190. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM


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